Friday, 9 May 2014

Four Years & No Finish? Really!!

I know, it has been forever since I posted my last page finish and all that time, Night Queen has sat rolled up in her overnight bag, not a stitch to be seen.

Until yesterday.  I found myself in a rare position of having a few days where nothing NEEDED to be done, I do have work to do but the deadline is an age away.  I could be working on some art practice or one of my animal portraits, but, just for once, I wanted to do something just for me.

It took me over an hour to get all my bits and pieces together and get her back on her quilting hoop, then I looked through the chart and sighed, still another 7 pages to go........

I put in those first few stitches of the day, then a few hundred more and before the day had finished she was over 1000 stitches closer to being finished.  

Reading through my blog, I discovered that I started her four years ago, FOUR YEARS!!! And she is no where near to be finished.  I am embarrassed and shocked at myself.  When I started, I thought it would take a year or two.    At this rate, an average of 3 pages per year, it will likely be a 6-7 year project :(

I stamped my feet for a bit, had a fairly sizeable tantrum, but then sat back down to stitch. I don't want her to be a 6 year project, I don't even want her to be a 5 year project.

So, I seem to have found a bit of momentum and determination.  From this point on, I am going for the finish!  It won't be easy and it won't be fast, there will be times when I am snowed under with work and art commissions, but I will work hard to make sure that no more than a couple of days pass without her seeing a needle.

Yesterday I worked on the 14th page here is where I am this morning, I am aiming for another 1000 stitches today. Then I have a pretty free weekend, lets see how much I can get done!!

I will update every day that I stitch on her in the hopes that it will keep me focussed. Thank you to everyone who looks at this blog, thank you for sticking with me over such a long span of time, I promise I will finish her and I very much hope that will be during 2014!


  1. Good for you for pulling her out again. We are all so eager to see the finished product as it's an amazing thing you are doing. Good luck with your goals and hope life lets you accomplish them.

  2. She's looking fantastic! Glad to see you're back and stitching away again. Looking forward to watching your progress.

  3. It is amazing! We are behind you 100% because this project is just spectacular! So beautiful and huge!! When you finally finish, you will have to post skeins totals and such if you know them! Michele Anderson

  4. She's looking fab! Keep can do matter how long it takes you! :)

  5. So Happy to see you blogging again about this amazing project. Good luck with finishing her this year - I'm sending you stitchy vibes to help with your mojo.
    xox Alicia

  6. She looks amazing and I cant wait to see her completed. I just got my mojo back after losing it for a few months and it feels great.

  7. This piece is astounding -- not just the sheer size, but your tenacity as well. I am cheering you on. You can do it!!

  8. Good for you - and you can totally do this! Also, I can't believe that you can stitch 1000 stitches in one day! I feel like 300 for me is a huge accomplishment! Go you!